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Posted on Wednesday May 27, 2020

Updated on Monday November 6, 2023

Enriching Metadata - Enriching Research: Researching and enriching digitised collections

These webinars explore researching and enriching digitised collections - part of a series on 'Enriching research - enriching metadata.' 


These webinars are part of a series held by the Swedish National Heritage Board and the Digital Humanities initiative at Uppsala University, on 10, 11 and 16 June 2020. The webinars focus on finding, accessing, using and enriching metadata in digitised collections, with the aim of increasing researcher-museum collaborations. The video outputs are licensed CC-BY-SA.

The series was conceived within a project led and co-organised by Dr Åsa Larsson and Dr Anna Foka, supported by the Europeana Research Grants Programme. Åsa Larsson, Swedish National Heritage Board, is Assistant Project Leader of 'Urdar – Research Infrastructure for Archaeological Excavation Data' in collaboration with Uppsala University, and works with the digitalisation of heritage and FAIR data. Anna Foka is Associate Professor of History and Information Technology at Umeå University and scientific leader of the Digital Humanities Uppsala Initiative, at the department of Archives, Museums, Libraries and Cultural Heritage, Uppsala University. Watch their introduction to the series below.

Anna Foka, Uppsala University - Enriching the invisible stories of women – Carl Sahlin’s Collection at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Sweden.

This talk focuses on women’s history archival online repositories and their affordances, targeting a Swedish case study: the personal archive of the industry leader Carl Sahlin (1861-1943), donated to the National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm and digitised within the nationally funded project Digital Models. It took place on 10 June 2021.

Stuart Dunn - Ancient Itineraries. Exploring digital Art History

Stuart Dunn is Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College, London and Principal Investigator of the Ancient Itineraries project, which examined ways in which ways of digital thinking can be brought to bear on the field of art history. Drawing on these discussions, this talk briefly presents and critique the use of graph visualisation as a means to represent individual objects. This ‘flips’ the conventional approach to network analysis for art objects, which represents collections of objects as networks. By equating individual artworks with individual networks, we can deconstruct, and thus move to overcome, the reductive and quantitative barriers that some have identified to using digital methods for art history. This talk took place on 10 June 2021.